In the Moonlight

In the Moonlight

by Sophie Milman


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In the Moonlight

Widely regarded as one of Canada's best jazz singers, Russian-born, Toronto-based vocalist Sophie Milman changes tact slightly for her fourth studio album, In the Moonlight. The twinkling piano chords, shuffling, brushed stroke rhythms, and gentle brass instrumentation which defined her previous output are still very much in evidence, but having traveled to New York to record with producer Matt Pierson (Jane Monheit, Michael Franks), the Juno Award winner has capitalized on the opportunity to expand her sound by inviting a string ensemble on board for the first time in her career. However, avoiding the temptation to smother the timeless, smoky, jazz bar arrangements in layers of bombastic layers of strings, the pair only use their newly recruited musicians sparingly and when needed, with only the Duke Ellington standards "Prelude to a Kiss" and "Day Dream," and the Umbrellas of Cherbourg number "Watch What Happens" offering anything more than the occasional orchestral flourish. It's an approach which entirely befits Milman's intimate and understated cabaret tones, whose seductive French-language delivery of Serge Gainsbourg's "Ces Petits Riens" and expressive, timeless performance of the Gershwin classic "Do It Again," belie her twenty-something years. The constant low-key, candlelight vibes inevitably begin to wear a little thin, but luckily, Milman occasionally shakes things up a little bit, whether it's the sensuous bossa nova reworking of the Billie Holiday favorite "Speak Low," the toe-tapping swing jazz rendition of Jon Hendricks' "No More Blues" or, in a rare concession to the modern music scene, the yearning and heartfelt torch song treatment of Feist's folk-pop album track "So Sorry." Indeed, it's the latter's convincing transition which makes you wish that Milman would tackle more contemporary material more often. Nevertheless, In the Moonlight is still a beautifully arranged selection of songs which, while nothing particularly revolutionary, unarguably provides one of the classiest Sunday morning soundtracks of the year.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/27/2011
Label: Ent. One Music
UPC: 0099923215721
catalogNumber: 2157
Rank: 42058

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sophie Milman   Primary Artist,Vocals
Gil Goldstein   Accordion
Lewis Nash   Drums
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Randy Brecker   Flugelhorn
Lawrence Feldman   Clarinet,Flute
Larry Grenadier   Acoustic Bass
Joyce Hammann   Violin
Kevin Hays   Piano
Aaron Heick   Clarinet,Flute
Romero Lubambo   Acoustic Guitar
Richard Locker   Cello
Lois Martin   Viola
Chris Potter   Tenor Saxophone
Mark Phaneuf   Clarinet
Louise Schulman   Viola
Antoine Silverman   Violin
Charles Pillow   Bass Clarinet
Steve Kenyon   Clarinet,Alto Flute
Julian Lage   Guitar
Grégoire Maret   Harmonica
Maria Jeffers   Cello
Kathryn Lockwood   Viola
Sean Carney   Violin
Entcho Todorov   Violin
Gerald Clayton   Piano
Tori Drake   Harp
Jody Redhage   Cello
Max Moston   Violin
Olivia De Prato   Violin
Johnathan Dinklage   Violin

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Alan Broadbent   Arranger
Gil Goldstein   Arranger
Rob Mounsey   Arranger
Joe Bushkin   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Kevin Hays   Arranger
Jon Hendricks   Composer
Matt Pierson   Producer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Julian Lage   Arranger
Andrew Kelly   Art Direction
Gerald Clayton   Arranger
Chris Allen   Engineer
DeVries   Composer

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